New Leaving Cert Geography Field Studies program launched

The Burren Nature Sanctuary has launched a new Leaving Certificate Geography Field studies program which will be delivered at its 50-acre site in Kinvara, Co Galway from September 2016.

Students carrying out field studies at Burren Nature Sanctuary

Students carrying out field studies at Burren Nature Sanctuary

The course has been designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to complete the Leaving Certificate Geographical Investigation Reporting Booklet.

Teachers who wish to book a field studies day for their students can contact the Burren Nature Sanctuary directly on 091-637444 or

Mary Bermingham, the Burren Nature Sanctuary Manager, explains why this is an ideal study location.

“As part of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, the Burren Nature Sanctuary offers an accessible study location for physical and human geography. Located in Kinvara, 30 minutes from Galway city and 2 hours from Dublin, the Nature Sanctuary is situated on a 50 acre organic farm which features Burren habitats of karst, shattered limestone, ancient woodland, a tidal lake – turlough, as well as archaeological remains of farming structures. The Leaving Certificate Geography program builds on the existing record for providing primary school biodiversity, leave no trace and people and place educational tours.”

The field studies course is open to Transition Year, 5th Year and Leaving Certificate students preparing for the 2017 and 2018 exams. Aoife Hughes, Education Officer, says that “students can expect a strong focus on practical learning, and will develop skills in fieldwork, observation, use of test equipment, sampling, recording and analysis, generation of tables and graphs.”

Areas of curriculum based study include fluvial systems, geology, erosion and waste in addition to changing land use over space and time and the impact of geology on land use. On completion, students will have developed skills in map reading, observation, interpretation and data presentations that will equip them to complete the field studies element of the Leaving Certificate Geography.

For further details on this new Leaving Certificate Geography Field Studies program at the Burren Nature Sanctuary please contact Siobhan Sloane Tel: 091 637 444 Email:

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